Rice farming is part of the cultural landscape of Bali. The iconic rice terraces are designed as part of a cooperative water management system of canals known as subak, linking to their temples and their religious customs, which have endured from the 9th century. A key part of the sustainability conversation when it comes to rice is taking into account exactly where this staple is sourced from and the growing processes.
There are approximately 7,000 rice varieties across the archipelago, and Aman Villas Nusa Dua is invested in helping farmers cultivate an organic heritage variety, buying Balinese Mansur Heritage Rice from Begawan, a charity known for its excellent work supporting self-sufficiency, engagement of the community and sustainable development. This type of rice, known for its fluffy texture and brownish colour, is deemed rare due to the dominance of newer hybrid rice varieties geared at mass demand and dubbed 'heritage rice' because of its rarity, slow farming process, and strict links to the traditional subak system, which is reflected in its flavour.